My mentor, writer and speaker DiAnn Mills, first introduced me to using facts to create fiction. Writers are admonished to "write what you know". Is what you know a fact? Can you turn it into fiction?
A fact is something that can be verified. There is historical record or undisputed evidence.
Theory is often presented as fact but is, in fact, a speculation or supposition that has not or cannot be proven.
Fiction writing therefore is inventive or creative use of the imagination. The most believable fiction contains enough factual information to make the fictional characters seem like real persons, and the plot or setting seem possible.
I believe that Genesis 1:1 statement that God created the heavens and earth is fact.
Psalms 19:1 says "the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands." My photo of the moonrise is enough proof for me that creation is fact.
Even under the earth we see God's handiwork. This is the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns.
Did the beauty and intricacy of the flowstone just happen? Is it just by accident that rain water peculates through limestone and slowly drips through the cave's ceiling to form colossal stalagmites and stalactites? I know for a fact that the growth of these formations do not take millions of years. I've witnessed the growth of stalactites that have formed in a limestone caves in Texas that regrew in a few short years.
Returning to the fact that I've experienced sleet/snow, I will take pictures tomorrow (hopefully) and blog using the photos as proof.
Challenge: Writers, choose a fact, historical or otherwise, and create a fictional character that interacts with the factual information.